Sad library dog goes viral and gets new friends

A long-faced pup has been making the rounds on social media recently – and gaining a lot of fans along the way.

Sting, a 10-year-old greyhound, was making one of this visits to the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake, MN. The retired racing dog visits the library branch twice a month as part of the Paws to Read program that encourages young kids to come in and read to dogs.

Sting has participated in the program for the last two years, but during his most recent session no one showed up.

"Unfortunately nobody signed up to read to Sting at the White Bear Lake library tonight," Sting's owner, John Muellner, posted to Facebook last week, along with a few very lonely looking shots of Sting.

In the post, Muellner added, “If you know of a 4 to 8yr old who would like to read to a dog. Please contact the White Bear Lake library by phone or their website about the Paws to Read program Sting will be there Feb 21st 6:30 - 7:30.”

Seems like there are plenty of 4 to 8 year olds – and even adults – who want to read to Sting, because the post has gone viral and the library’s phone has been ringing off the hook.

"People are asking if we could hold the phone to Sting's ear so they could read to him," Ann Wahlstrom, children’s librarian at the Ramsey County Library, said. "The whole staff of a Petco in California called to say they love Sting. It's just amazing, the outpouring."

"Sting is booked through April," Wahlstrom said.

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